What will I learn?

To provide our graduate students with additional qualifications and formal development that will make them strongly prepared for a range of demanding academic positions, the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures offers the Graduate Certificate in Language Instruction for students enrolled in PhD programs at Washington University.

The Graduate Certificate in Language Instruction is an interdisciplinary certificate related to the fields of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, psychology, neuroscience and other disciplines that have important implications for the way that foreign languages are taught. Study within these different fields provides a fascinating examination of how second languages are learned and how the second language is generated by learners. An understanding of second language acquisition processes both enriches our knowledge of how the mind works and serves to better inform the ways that foreign language teachers design and implement curricular approaches for different levels and skills.

PhD students must apply to be considered for the certificate program at the beginning of their doctoral courses. Applications will be evaluated by a faculty committee twice a year, in October and March. The certificate consists of five courses: three required courses and two electives.

The goal of the five-course sequence is to provide certificate students with a solid base in the theoretical and instructional implications of research on language acquisition across different linguistic subsystems (i.e., phonology, lexis, syntax and pragmatics) and different linguistic modalities (i.e., spoken and written). This formation will also prepare students to be involved in language program design and curricular development.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (15 units)

Tuition fees
US$54,250.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2021


Faculty of Arts and Sciences

One Brookings Drive,



63130, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

A U.S. bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution.

English proficiency

IELTS: Minimum score of 6.5; TOEFL IBT: 90-91; Computer-based TOEFL: 233; Paper-based TOEFL: 577.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.